Organizers said on Wednesday (August 18) that the 2021 Japanese Formula One Grand Prix, scheduled for October, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The race, which was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 situation, was scheduled to be held in mid-October, the third event in a planned triple header after the Russian Grand Prix and the rescheduled Turkish GP.
“Following ongoing discussions with promoters and officials in Japan, the Japanese government has made the decision to cancel this season’s races due to the ongoing complications of the pandemic in the country,” Formula One said in a statement.
“Formula 1 is now working on the details of the revised calendar and will announce the final details in the coming weeks. Formula 1 has proven this year and in 2020 that we can adapt and find solutions to the ongoing uncertainties and are excited by the level of interest in venues to host Formula 1 events this year and beyond.
Japan hosted the final race of the season six times in the late 1990s and early 2000s, although the 2021 calendar will conclude with the first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on 5 December, culminating in Abu Dhabi a week later. .
The season continues with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa on 29 August. Mercedes Lewis Hamilton has a narrow eight-point lead Over Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the driver standings.